Vanuatu Adventure

Trip Code: TESV

Why we love it

Encounter the cargo cult communities of Tanna and see for yourself how these indigenous villages have incorporated WWII iconography into their religious traditions., Hike to the rim of Mt Yasur, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and watch the smoke and lava billowing (from a safe distance, of course)., Snorkel in the clear waters around Nguna and see the remarkable coral reef that is protected as part of a marine reserve., Go beyond the walled-off resorts and discover the beauty and cultures of Vanuatu. Trek, paddle, swim and snorkel in some of the most beautiful places in the tropics., Trek through the towering rainforest to find a banyan tree that is said to be the largest in the world, with hundreds of prop roots that support it.

Is this trip right for me?

Your accommodation in Tanna and Nguna is in traditional bamboo bungalows. These have standard beds with mosquito nets and bathroom facilities, but showers are cold water only. Your meals on these islands will be home-cooked with love by the village mamas using fresh, organic produce from the gardens and the sea.

Part of travelling with Intrepid is respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. In Vanuatu, female travellers can be respectful by wearing clothing that covers from shoulder to knee when outside the hotel pool area. An old t-shirt and a pair of board shorts are a good alternative to bikinis for island snorkelling adventures! 

This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Important information

1. The Group Meeting is at 5 pm on Day 1.
2.A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 3 to 6 where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Itinerary change alert: As Tanna Island is still inaccessible for international visitors, we'll have to reroute to visit Espiritu Santo Island from Day 3 to Day 5 as below:
Day 3: early morning flight to Santo Island; 3- hour trek through rainforest at Loru Conservation Area (biodiverse lowland forest); overnight in beach bungalow at Champagne Beach on Espiritu Santo Island
Day 4: morning visit to a remote "kastom" village on Espiritu Santo Island and visit inland Fanafo, the headquarters of the Jimmy Stephens Movement. overnight in beach bungalow
Day 5: snorkeling at Champagne Beach; visit Riri Blue Hole; flight to Port Vila; overnight in hotel in Port Vila
The rest of the itinerary remains unchanged. The changes are effective for departure starting on 9 Jul (Departure code: TESV220709).
4. Please send a copy of your passport to your booking agent no later than 30 days before departure in order for us to book domestic flights on this trip. Delay in this could result in surcharge for your trip.

What to bring/pack, WHAT TO BRING
Strong shoes for walking
Reef shoes are strongly recommended when swimming and for boat trips (if you don’t have any, you can hire locally)
Snorkeling gear (or you may hire locally)
Sunhats and suncream
Water bottle. Drinking water on the islands generally comes from rainwater tanks which can be used to refill your water bottle.
Insect repellent
Personal toiletries including first-aid supplies and some back-up toilet paper. Betadine or peroxide is strongly recommended for immediate treatment of any coral cuts
Earplugs are a good idea if you are a light sleeper or not used to village roosters crowing!
Garbage bag for any rubbish you can take off the islands when you leave
For women, a sarong to wear over shorts in the villages.
Garbage bag for any rubbish you can take off the islands when you leave

Physical rating


Joining your group

Moorings Hotel, Kumul Highway, Port Vila, VANUATU, Phone: 678 26800

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Moorings Hotel, Kumul Highway, Port Vila, VANUATU, Phone: 678 26800

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 6

Dinners included: 3

Local people in Vanuatu usually grow most of their own food apart from "luxury" items such as rice or tinned fish. Some specialities include fish curry, lap lap (pounded yams, breadfruit, bananas and taro with coconut cream and a piece of meat such as chicken, beef or pork, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in an underground oven), local snapper and tuluk (tapioca dough with shredded pork). As a former French colony, you can also find some great French cuisine and baked goods around Vanuatu. In village communities, the day might start with a chunky slice of bread and lunch might be a banana leaf-wrapped bundle of rice. For dinner, vegetables from the garden and possibly some fish. Look out for seasonal fruit like pineapples, bananas, pawpaws, grapefruit, coconuts and rose apples.

Climate & seasonal information

Natural disasters and severe weather can occur in Vanuatu, including cyclones and flooding. The cyclone season is from November to May. Tropical storms and cyclones can also happen in other months. Flooding and landslides can damage infrastructure and disrupt essential services.

Vanuatu has several active volcanoes, including on the island of Tanna.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

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